What to believe about climate change

A Listmania! list by Edward Durney (San Francisco)
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The list author says: "Climate change. The greatest concern of our time? Or not? Will it cause catastrophe? Or not? Who knows? Many people think they do. And so many books have been written on climate change (or if you prefer, global warming). Most of the books tend to be partisan and political, and thus not very helpful.

Here are the most perceptive of the lot. These books too take a side -- I've yet to see a neutral view of the issue. Both sides are represented here. Unlike most, these books are refreshingly light on attacking the other side and heavy on supporting their own arguments."
H. Douglas Lightfoot's Nobody's Fuel -- energy supply is more important than climate change
1.  H. Douglas Lightfoot's Nobody's Fuel -- energy supply is more important than climate change DVD ~ N/A
The list author says:
  "More on energy than climate change.  But though it won't win an Oscar, this video presents facts where An Inconvenient Truth presents opinion.  In my mind, Nobody's Fuel should get the prize."
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An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming
2.  An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming by Nigel Lawson
The list author says:
  "Far from being a climate scientist of any stripe, Nigel Lawson is a British politician, largely retired now.  But he has a sharp mind and writes well.  Great book on the conservative side of climate change."
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Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor
3.  Climate Confusion: How Global Warming Hysteria Leads to Bad Science, Pandering Politicians and Misguided Policies That Hurt the Poor by Roy W. Spencer
The list author says:
  "Excellent book.  Salted with too much sarcasm for my taste.  But very thoughtful too."
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Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming
4.  Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming by Bjørn Lomborg
The list author says:
  "Bjorn Lomborg started the skeptical view of climate change alarmism.  But he has never been as strident as his critics.  Neither is he here.  Agree with him or not, this book is worth reading."
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The Hot Topic: What We Can Do About Global Warming
5.  The Hot Topic: What We Can Do About Global Warming by Gabrielle Walker
The list author says:
  "David King and Gabrielle Walker are two Brits who team up to explore a broad range of climate change topics.  David King is famous for saying that unless we stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, the only habitable continent by 2100 will be Antarctica.  None of that kind of statement in this book.  It's much more reasoned than that."
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But Is It True?: A Citizen's Guide to Environmental Health and Safety Issues
6.  But Is It True?: A Citizen's Guide to Environmental Health and Safety Issues by Aaron B. Wildavsky
The list author says:
  "An older book, and climate change is only one of the topics covered.  But very good on how to evaluate the truth about issues like climate change."
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Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science
7.  Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science by Ian Plimer
The list author says:
  "Excellent (but very dry from detail) look at the science of global warming. Some parts are very readable. Other parts are like reading a textbook or encyclopedia. Best skimmed rather than read."
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The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World's Top Climate Scientists
8.  The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World's Top Climate Scientists by Roy W. Spencer
The list author says:
  "One scientist's political views, backed up by science but not at all objective. A good fair look, in spite of the subjectivity. Well written and compelling."
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Climate of Uncertainty: A Balanced Look at Global Warming and Renewable Energy
9.  Climate of Uncertainty: A Balanced Look at Global Warming and Renewable Energy by William Stewart
The list author says:
  "Very good book. Especially for a lawyer. Although William Stewart's bias is clear, that bias does not infect the writing. Solid thinking that will be helpful to those on both sides of the debate."
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The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth
10.  The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery
The list author says:
  "Although not directly on point for climate change, the picture in this book of the earth at night caught my eye.  And made me sad.  Little land left where we have not gone."
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Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
11.  Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
The list author says:
  "A bit heavy on the rhetoric, but good."
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Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto
12.  Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto by Ernesto Zedillo
The list author says:
  "Ernesto Zedillo has brought together chapters on both sides of the global warming debate. The chapter by Richard Lindzen is excellent. So is the chapter by Stefan Rahmstorf. The other chapters, unfortunately, are not as good."
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